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Streaming Movies And TV On Stan, Easier Than Netflix

A streaming video on demand service can have a massive library of movies and TV online, but just as important is actually guiding you to easily find and watch that video. For my $10 per month, the experience of actually using the just-launched Stan is every bit as good as, and in some cases even better than, Netflix.


Gizmodo Australia Reader Review: Synology DiskStation DS215j Home NAS

You could say that Heath James’ technology life is complex. He’s the manager of an IT-centric team within a large organisation and has 14 years project experience. At home, he and his wife have a teenage daughter and two younger children shared on a part-time basis. Heath is also one of two winners in our recent Synology NAS competition and, with the help of his family, took the device through its paces over the Christmas break. This is his in-depth review.


Where's Malcolm Turnbull? Visiting Tesla In California

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Prime Minister Tony Abbott the last few days, what with the whole knighting a Prince thing, and that situation has been made worse by the seemingly open revolt of various Liberal Party MPs and government backbenchers. One voice has been conspicuously absent, though — Malcolm Turnbull, who is making geeks across the country jealous with a visit to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.


Qantas To Use Samsung's Gear VR For First-Class In-Flight Entertainment

If you’re lucky enough to fly in first class, your pointy end long-haul flight is about to get even fancier. Qantas is going to be using the Samsung Gear VR, and the accompanying Galaxy Note 4, for in-flight entertainment for its first-class customers.


BlackBerry Classic Lands At Telstra

Need a BlackBerry to be just a BlackBerry? No weird designs or touchscreens distracting you? Try the BlackBerry Classic: it just landed at Telstra for a strangely high price.


Don't Expect A Certain Next-Gen Mobile Chip In A Certain Flagship Phone This Year

We’ve been looking forward to seeing Qualcomm’s new, powerful Snapdragon 810 mobile processor for quite a while now. We saw it feature in a few new smartphones at CES this year, but the company’s own financials tell us that it won’t appear in a certain large customer’s best and most high profile Android phone this year.


App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include Sleepy Time on Android, Fur and Feathers on iOS and Drop Hunt on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Gerry Harvey Wants Tax-Dodging Multinationals To Pay More

Multinational corporations including tech giants like Google and Apple make money in Australia, but it’s entirely possible and perhaps likely that they’re not paying an equitable amount of tax on that revenue. The namesake of one of Australia’s most iconic retailers continues to clamour for multinationals to pay an amount of tax he feels reflects their local operations.


YouTube Is Now HTML5 By Default, Goodbye To Flash

It has been a long four years coming, but as of today, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video on any modern Web browser. What does that mean? Faster video load times, better compression and smoother frame rates, as well as the joy of saying goodbye to Flash.


Toshiba's Portege Z20t: Laptop, Tablet, 17 Hours Of Battery

Toshiba’s Portege thin and light laptops have always been small, but they’ve made minor compromises to get there — generally in battery life or overall flexibility. Not the Portege Z20t, though — in the one device you’ll get the portability of a sub-800g tablet, or clip on the included docking keyboard for a laptop that barely tips the scales at 1.5kg.